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7:50 AM ET, February 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Piers Morgan and Trinity Mirror journalist implicated by Mills at Leveson  —  Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan and an un-named former Trinity Mirror journalist were implicated by evidence from Heather Mills to the hacking inquiry today.  —  The former wife of Paul McCartney revealed …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Paul McNally /
Ian Edmondson: ‘Culture of bullying’ at News of the World  —  Former news editor says ‘every part of the paper’ was ‘dictated and controlled by the editor’  —  Journalists at the News of the World were faced with “a culture of bullying”, the Leveson inquiry into press standards heard today.
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
NightJack blogger to sue the Times  —  Richard Horton to pursue claim after editor admitted evidence of paper's involvement in email hacking was withheld from court  —  The Lancashire detective exposed by the Times for writing an anonymous blog about crime issues is to sue the newspaper …
The Independent:   Sunday Mirror chief authorised hacking, says blogger Guido Fawkes
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
News International scandal: police paid £100,000 under false names
Discussion: Reuters and The Independent
Guardian:   NI faces more than 50 new damages claims
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.  We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited.  And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal, except that we are buying the entire group of properties — …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
GigaOM Acquires PaidContent: Interview With GigaOM CEO Paul Walborsky  —  GigaOM founder and executive editor Om Malik.  Photo by Pinar Ozger, courtesy GigaOM  — is one of the longest-running news organizations chronicling the rise of new media.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and PRWeb
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
GigaOm Acquires PaidContent
Discussion: @tcarmody and AdAge
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Roland Martin suspended for homophobic tweets  —  On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin of CNN issued some homophobic tweets that got him in trouble with gay organizations and this blog.  CNN stayed silent on the matter, until just moments ago, when it issued this statement:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN suspends Martin; not Loesch, Erickson  —  With its decision to suspend political contributor Roland Martin today for controversial statements he made on Twitter, CNN seems to have suggested that controversial comments made recently by other contributors — namely Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson — do not warrant the same punishment.
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter  —  The world of journalism and Twitter is buzzing following Sky News's new policy on Twitter and the BBC's new guidance on breaking news.  —  Both organisations have told their journalists not to break news on Twitter.  Instead news should be first sent to the newsroom.
Discussion: Guardian and Future of Journalism
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Don't break stories on Twitter, BBC staff told  —  As Sky News clamps down on staff Twitter updates, corporation tells reporters to file copy before tweeting it  —  BBC journalists have been told not to break news stories on Twitter before they tell their newsroom colleagues.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition
Discussion: Guardian and Strange Attractor
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising  —  News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter.  That's on top of a $91 million charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World in the previous quarter.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Q2 Profit Rises on Higher TV Fees
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune eyes price tag for online news  —  (Crain's) — The Chicago Tribune will begin charging online readers for access to content and is considering a “creative way” to do that, said Gerould Kern, the paper's editor.  —  “I think we will begin to charge in a selective way,” …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee to Begin Radio Show  —  Rush Limbaugh will soon have a new radio rival: Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago and thought about running again this year.  —  Instead, he will be running a radio show weekdays …
Discussion: Washington Post
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Brauchli to Washington Post staff: More with less!  —  The news that the Washington Post is offering another round of buyouts only narrowly qualifies as news.  Just last month, after all, departing newsroom web boss Raju Narisetti told a group of journos that the Post would have to lose 100 newsroom slots in the next two years.
Jim Romenesko:
Notes from the Washington Post newsroom meeting
Discussion: City Desk
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC director Stephen Abell departs  —  Stephen Abell, director of the Press Complaints Commission for the last two years, is leaving.  He will leave at the end of the month.  —  His departure, which has been under discussion for some time, is unsurprising given that the PCC will almost certainly be reconstituted.
Discussion: Digital Spy and Press Gazette
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Hi Bill Keller.  The New York Times just stole our column.  Should we sue?  —  Bill Keller: I heard you like copyright.  You wrote one provocative print column about it on Sunday, one blistering blog followup on Monday, and pointed to a third Times op-ed piece from Sunday (headline …
Discussion: Media Nation and Business Insider
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